An architect is like ... Polyfilla

A colleague insisted that everyone knows what an architect does.  More by nature of a comparison than from wanting to assume the label of "architect", I said "Well, what I do when I join a team is to try and fill whatever holes there are and then do what it takes to ensure delivery".  To which he replied "And that's it in a nutshell".

I find that quite an unsatisfying definition of an architect.  I've met people in the past who are clearly very good architects, in that they can come up with system designs which are incredibly simple and yet solve the business problems at hand in a very powerful way.  I think that someone like this does more than just fill in cracks.


[small print: Polyfilla is a registered trademark of Polycell]

November 27 2006
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